Mindful Monday: Time to Wind Down

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This is one from the archives from the old site that I’ve updated with some more tips.

In the past meditation like yoga was something that I didn’t really get. I tried it multiple times and dismissed it as not being for me. My excuses were 1. I’m too type A for this, 2. This is too New Age for me, and 3. I don’t have time for this every day. Like yoga, though I found that practice and finding what works for you makes meditation easier.

I started by taking yoga classes that had a very brief meditation component. By brief, I mean 5 minutes or less. I figured I could handle five minutes. Five minutes turned into doing 9-12 minute guided meditations through apps at home. Eventually, I started doing as long as 30 minutes of meditating either at home or as part of a yoga class.

I try to start and end the day this way. Does it mean always sitting in a meditation pose and imagining I’m on a mountain or a lake no, although I do sometimes meditate that way. I tend to alternate between mantras set to music, guided meditation, and sometimes even just reading or listening to something worth reflecting on.  

Have I gained spiritual enlightenment? No, at least not yet. What I have gained is some peace of mind. I’ve noticed when I have this routine I’m more patient with people and have an easier time sleeping. My office has a meditation group that meets a few times a week. I don’t make it to every session, but if I’m really stressed or feel like I’m “too busy” to go that’s when I know I should. 

I recommend giving some form of meditation a try. If you don’t know where to start there are a number of great apps out there to get you started with guided meditations. My personal favorite is Insight Timer

Mindful Monday: Fitness

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Last week I focused on food. This week I’m focusing on fitness. Now I don’t mean fitness in terms of having a certain exercise routine for weight loss. For me, it’s about finding activities that you enjoy and that challenge you in a good way.

My gym membership was up and instead of renewing I rejoined ClassPass. If you’re not familiar with it, ClassPass allows you to take different classes at a variety of studios throughout the month. There are pros and cons to this over a traditional membership. If you enjoy working out alone on machines or in the weight room this probably wouldn’t be the right plan for you.

I personally don’t enjoy using the treadmill and am more likely to show up to the gym if I have a specific class I’m looking forward to. This is why ClassPass is a good option for me. I’ll be talking about specific classes I’ve taken later in the week.

I also run which is a solo activity for me. I’ve run in groups before, but I run to also clear my head so I prefer to do that alone. I also track my steps using FitBit. I’ll go into all of this in other posts this week. What activities do you enjoy the most?